Feb 25, 2013 6:30pm PST
it means for the eu debt crisis. what does brussels make of the vote so far? is austerity out? >> there are no official comment yet, but you can rest assured that everyone is watching very closely. brussels has been very concerned and worried about the potential return to power of silvio burlesconi. they have been working very closely together this past year to get in back on its feet. italy, like we have heard before, is a very important player in europe, the third biggest contributor to the euro budget and one-fifth of the rescue aid comes from realm. the concern is that if silvio burlesconi returns to power, that risks plunging the entire eurozone into chaos again. plus, the european project could come to a standstill. one message has been received here in brussels. more than half of the italians voted for the euro-sceptic populist. one of them, they will have to deal with in the next government that will be formed. >> nina, thank you for the update from brussels. the outcome of the italian elections has been weighing heavily on financial markets. our correspondent from fra
Feb 14, 2013 6:30pm PST
, the eu has unveiled the details of a financial transaction tax it hopes to introduce next year -- the goal, raising tens of billions of euros every year and curbing speculation that can cause of people in the financial markets. >> but it is a very controversial measure. so much so that even less than half the state's leading lady the tax. >> the new tax will apply to billions of transactions a year. 11 eurozone countries including germany hope to introduce the tax this year. the levy would amount to 0.1% on trades and bonds, stocks, and currencies. >> what we have proposed is technically sound and legally robust as a tax, a tax which will strengthen our market and tim burke irresponsible financial trading. >> the eu commission wants to make sure companies do not just do their trading somewhere else, so the tax will apply if one of the parties is located in a participating country. opponents say that will not work. >> where a tax is suddenly imposed in 11 of the 27 eu countries, that creates pressure for companies to change their place of business. >> but the eu commission says
Feb 21, 2013 6:30pm PST
and growth. >> angela merkel says all eu member states must cut costs. two weeks ago, the chancellor and british prime minister david cameron went out in brussels securing an eu budget cut of around 3%. now merkel has defended that decision. she says the crisis means everyone has to save. >> i will say it quite plainly -- it would have been hard to explain to people in europe, both to the states hit by the crisis and those bearing the bulk of the burden of solidarity why everyone in europe has to say except for europe itself. >> but the opposition disagrees. social democrats' candidate for chancellor peer steinbrueck says merkel advocates too much austerity and too little investment. he also accused merkel of making common cause with europe's foes. >> you've made an unholy alliance with no sense of perspective. and with a leader david cameron who may want to leave the you. it is a strange alliance if your aim is to safeguard europe's future for the days to come. >> strong stuff, but the opposition is the least of merkel's worries. the european parliament has to pass the budget draft.
Feb 26, 2013 6:30pm PST
. >> the agenda for his talks today also included plans for a free-trade agreement between the eu and the u.s. kerry also took time out of his schedule to meet with young people in the german capital. >> security lock down as john kerry returned to the city he once called home. the first stop on the visit was for a chat with young berliners. discussions of a different kind with the chancellor. high on their agenda -- foreign policy and the economy, but first these comments on the relationship with the u.s. >> i record a great deal of importance to transatlantic ties. we do not just have common values. we also face common tasks. >> a number of these challenges were discussed at an earlier meeting with kerry's german counterpart. first and foremost, the plans for a new free trade deal between the u.s. and europe. >> germany is our largest trade partner in europe, and we want to see even more trade and investment that will create jobs -- jobs for -- jobs for germans, for americans, for all europeans. >> negotiations are set to begin within months, and i of the two sides managed to overcome the
Feb 4, 2013 6:30pm PST
are desperate to bring the crisis under control. they want to excel britney eurozone and the eu's political and economic integration. >> our political correspondent is following this and we go live to our parliamentary studios. all parties concerned about corruption in spain likely to hinder the premier and his ability to solve the crisis in his country? are those concerns in berlin? >> his own personal ratings are at an all-time low before the allegations surfaced. both think it could be the last straw, but he has denied that there is any truth of the matter. at the press conference in berlin, he said three times "absolutely false" a reference to these allegations and that he would prove they are false. we will wait and see. even if they cloud of suspicion remains hanging over him, it is not at all certain that it will hamper his political maneuverability in spain. recent surveys show 96% of spaniards believe the political class in spain as corrupt anyway. remarkably, although they are angry about it, they show an extraordinary degree of resignation. >> there is quite a bit of resignation.
Feb 4, 2013 4:00am EST
, that's the last thing the eu or the eurozone needs right now. just when we get the signal of the panic button in the eurozone debt crisis, we have another cloud on the horizon. but that's nothing angela merkel can influence. i'm sure it's going to be a topic of discussion saying, look, is this going to be a government crisis? can you avert this? that is nothing we will hear about. the official communique will sound similar to what we heard out of paris, out of the monte meeting. don't expect a result on this budget summit yet on the table and on we go to the next rendezvous in terms of the budgets. we've got another eu summit in march, which is not -- which is not ear marked, of course, as a budget meeting, but i daresay we will trickle along nicely or unnicely until finally they reach an agreement on the next budget. in terms of the eurozone debt crisis, of course, that's the other point of discussion. at the moment, there's a little bit of cautious shoulder padd g padding, but it will be a bit more cautious because of the aforementioned festering crisis in spain. obviously, what we'